Category Archives: castle

History Mystery….Is Pacifica's Notorious Madam, Dolly Fine?

photo: The McCloskey Castle in Pacifica. Photo courtesy Sam Mazza Estate. Readers, Kathy Alberts asks: “Do you know anything about the history of the house at 2 Carmel Avenue in Pacifica? I used to live there and was told that … Continue reading

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And then along came Sam Mazza…to save Pacifica's Castle: Part III

And then along came Sam Mazza to save Pacifica’s mysterious castle– a full time, extremely successful San Francisco painting contractor and equally successful, part time modern “Knight in Shining Armor”. It was 1957, when, according to Sam’s brother, Angelo, who … Continue reading

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After the Ocean Shore R.R.: Pacifica's Castle of Mystery

(Photo at right: Detectives search for human remains on castle grounds.) In 1920 Pacifica’s gray castle stood alone in a veil of secrecy, isolated on a hill, even more mysterious when wrapped in a swirling layer of fog. It seemed … Continue reading

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